FC Augsburg has successfully stopped its negative trend in the Bundesliga and thus extended Werder Bremen's home curse. After three defeats in a row, Ermedin Demirovic (63rd) made it 1-0 (0-0) at Werder Bremen with his goal on Friday.
This should not only reduce relegation worries for the time being, but also the pressure on FCA coach Enrico Maassen. Maassen's celebration was all the greater because his goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz saved a hand penalty from Marvin Ducksch (90.5) in added time. Then it got turbulent, some Werder fans even stormed behind the Pole's goal for a short time.
Werder is therefore still waiting for their first Bundesliga home win in around 18 months and also missed out on a place in the European Cup.
Augsburg attacked early
As is so often the case this season, Bremen seemed anything but stable. Due to mistakes in the construction, Augsburg was repeatedly invited to counter-attacks, and the chain of three was not permanently safe either. Nevertheless, Werder stabilized and almost took the lead. Niclas Füllkrug's headed goal (31st) was disallowed after viewing the video images: Anthony Jung had previously blocked two opponents from offside in the penalty area.
Not a high class, but entertaining game
It didn't develop into a high-class, but entertaining game. It had rained heavily before kick-off, which regularly provoked technical errors on both sides. Sometimes Werder were negligent, sometimes the ball jumped too far away for an Augsburger - which repeatedly resulted in precarious situations. However, both teams hardly created any clear chances. Until the Augsburgers had a brilliant moment.
Werder had already cleared an FCA corner and advanced when Carlos Gruezo played a superb pass behind the Bremen defence. Mergim Berisha only had to lay across to Demirovic in the centre, the striker sank from close range. A little later, Berisha almost made it 2-0, but his lob (76') hit the crossbar. It wasn't just getting heated up in the stands. Werder pushed for the equalizer - and was almost rewarded. Augsburg's farmer grabbed the ball in the penalty area, but Ducksch missed the penalty.